1. Gig Economy

You may have been hearing more and more about the “gig economy”. The word gig refers to a short term working assignment. Musicians have often referred to their performances as “gigs”. The term has expanded to include any kind of freelance work that is not a permanent position. In recent years more and more people are using different types of gigs to support themselves or to make extra money on top of their permanent jobs. So, your Uber driver, babysitter and even the temporary employee working on a project in your office, are all gigging as businesses, governments and economies are learning to adjust to this new type of work.

  1. The Gist of…

Getting the gist of something means you have grasped the main idea. When listening to a native speaker it can be difficult to catch every word he or she says. Don’t worry, sometimes just getting the gist of the conversation means you’re off to a good start because you have a general understanding.

  1. Phone tag

“Tag, you’re it.” Children play a game called tag. In tag one person is “it” and runs around trying to catch someone else to make them “it”. When they succeed they say, “Tag, you’re it.” Similarly, when adults try to contact each other via phone but keep missing each other, they’re playing phone tag. Both people have to be trying to contact each other to make it a true game of tag. You might hear someone say, “Bob and I have been playing phone tag all week, so we haven’t been able to discuss the project.”

  1. Raincheck

If you’ve ever had to turn down an invitation even though you didn’t want to, you could have asked for a raincheck. It’s a way to say, “Unfortunately I can’t join you this time, but I would like to another time.” Just say, “can I get a raincheck?” or “I’ll take a raincheck” and the other person will understand you’re open to meeting in the future.

  1. Savvy

It’s a good idea to be savvy in something to get ahead or stand out. If you’re savvy you have a good deal of knowledge about something or strong skills in an area. Being tech savvy for example is a way to say you’re good at understanding and using technology. You can be savvy in anything from languages to shopping.

  1. Come in handy

Knowing how to speak English may come in handy, or in other words, it will prove to be a useful skill to have. When something comes in handy it can be unexpectedly convenient to have it in a situation.  For example, you could offer your business card to someone and say, “Hold on to this, it may come in handy sometime.” You never know when something will come in handy, but you’ll be happy that you’re prepared.



Fleur- Isabelle Stewart

English Expert at Primera Languages for Business


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